Total (NYSE: TOT) is expected to report Q3 earnings on Oct. 31. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Total's revenues will increase 2.0% and EPS will contract -7.4%.

The average estimate for revenue is $56.97 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.62.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Total notched revenue of $56.51 billion. GAAP reported sales were 3.8% lower than the prior-year quarter's $58.75 billion.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, EPS came in at $0.89. GAAP EPS of $0.89 for Q2 were 49% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.76 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 27.6%, 230 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.4%, 500 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.6%, 310 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $248.13 billion. The average EPS estimate is $6.94.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,408 members out of 1,434 rating the stock outperform, and 26 members rating it underperform. Among 364 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 359 give Total a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Total is outperform, with an average price target of $57.13.

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